2020-21 New Orleans Pelicans Guy to Watch: Kira Lewis Jr.

Kira Lewis, Jr. is a rookie and probably going to start on the bench, but I think there will be plenty of lineups on the floor where he works alongside Lonzo Ball. Of course, because the Pellies have Zion Williamson, they’re going to be on TV all the time. It will be interesting to see what they’re able to do in situations where Zion cannot be on the floor, be it for minutes limitations or (hopefully not) injury. Lewis is a slasher to the basket, and I’m looking for him to be a pick and roll threat with Steven Adams whenever they’re on the court together. I hope he gets plenty of opportunities to grow his game because he’s a solid prospect. He’s a liability on defense and his size might not allow him to drive as effectively against grown men, but he’s quick enough that he might be a pest that draws defenders close enough to create a disruption. He might be the only rookie I pick, and it all stems from what I see in his potential as a player with a lot of room to grow.

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